Meditations & Reflections
Poems written during an emotional time of absence and loss. Out of the shadows, the darkness, and often the injustice, the need to lament and mourn goes hand in hand with the special significance of small moments and ordinary occasions.
Lent & Easter
Poems, stories and reflections for Holy Week, using a variety of perspectives to get close to its events as Jesus unflinchingly walked the road that he had chosen.
Delicate lyric poems inspired by stories of St Columba and the island of Iona. Redolent of an age of wonder in which the natural world and the elements were perceived to be in harmony with the divine.
Advent & Christmas
Stories, poems and reflections for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany giving new perspectives on traditional narratives. Suitable for individual or group use.
A new collection of poems from Joy Mead. Her poems celebrate what it is to be alive and also, perhaps, what it is to contemplate death.
A collection of short stories told by vivid voices, charting the changing cycles and seasons of the year, and reflecting the liturgical patterns of the church and all the weathers of our hearts.
Reflective, powerful poems about how, on a cosmic and a personal level, darkness gives way to light, reminding us that 'light shines in the darkness', that darkness is required to perceive light - and that Easter means the light has come, life triumphs, and the promised Holy Spirit will empower us for growth: 'eastering'
New prayers, in the 'Celtic' tradition, for the whole of life - from chopping carrots or doing the laundry to healing our deeply wounded world.
A collection of favourite Joy Mead poems, many of them selected by the author's readers and friends, who ask 'Where can I find -?' when they want a poem for a special occasion. Also includes some new works.
A free download providing an updated version of one of the poems in Glimpsed in Passing.
Poems from Iona Community member Joy Mead. They come from the beauty of the glimpsed moment - a precious jewel held for a short time amid the pain and sorrow of the world, then let go into the bigger picture - The beauty is what we remember, what gives the moment its significance.
A book about the original Pearls of Life bracelet. There is a now a new version of the Pearls (available from Verbum Sweden at: https://www.verbum.se/fralsarkransen/fralsarkransen-av-glas-p52634417) where one of the beads is a different colour, but most of this book is still relevant.
A book about small things and little occasions, the smells, colours, sounds, the looking, perceiving, thinking, remembering of our lives and the love that makes them significant. In a mix of poems, stories and material suitable for private or public reflection it explores our knowing and our unknowing. It celebrates the validity of all experience,...
Meditations & Reflections
After the crucifixion, Joseph embarks on a quest to find out who Jesus really was, seeking out those who knew him personally. These witnesses, all mentioned in the gospels, tell their stories, each contributing a unique insight into the Nazarene. James Harpur uses both prose and poetry to create a parallel narrative to the gospels, amplifying the events they describe.
This collection of incarnational poetry from the author of A Telling Place, The One Loaf and Making Peace in Practice and Poetry explores a spirituality that engages with people, things, and the joys and sorrows of daily life.
This spiral-bound journal, with quotes to inspire your own reflections, is ideal for recording your thoughts, prayers and memories, whether used on a trip to Iona, at home or on your travels.
Full-colour photographs - with accompanying short reflections, prayers, poems and stories - of the Abbey, Iona's white sand beaches, the pilgrimage around the island, seabirds, highland cattle, tracks and roads, boats and nets, kitchen pots, footprints in the sand, cotton grass bending in the breeze - and more.
A new edition of this collection of poems and prayers by the founder of the Iona Community, with images of the island. 'To be in a seat at Iona Abbey, to be moved by the awesome oratory of a MacLeod sermon in full flood, to be led into the nearer presence of God by means of kaleidoscopic, imaginative prayer, was to be privileged and - more importantly - to be changed.' Ron Ferguson, former Leader of the Iona Community
Through poems and reflections Joy Mead imagines the women mentioned in the Bible as central to their own stories, rather than appearing briefly on the margins of a narrative which reflects a world perceived and led by men.
A book which explores the making and the mystery of bread - growing, making, baking, sharing - in story and recipe, poetry and prayer. In bread we see the true connectedness of all life - the uniting of body and soul, spirit and material.